MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 13, 2011) – President Benigno Aquino praised Filipino beauty Shamcey Supsup, who is third runner-up in the Miss Universe beauty pageant Tuesday in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
“The humility, intellect, and grace that you exhibited during the competition embodied the spirit of the true Filipina; and, in our eyes, that is the true victory today—that the world stood witness to and found an appreciation for the ideals, values, and beauty that has long characterized our nation.”
“May this triumph serve as a way for other nations to come to appreciate not just the beauty of our people, but that of our country. On behalf of the Filipino people, we are proud of you; and we see even greater things ahead for you,” said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.
Supsup is native of General Santos City in Mindanao.
This year’s Miss Universe is Leila Lopes, 25, from Angola. The others who won were Olesia Stefanko, firt runner-up from Ukraine; second runner-up is Priscila Machado, from Brazil; and fourth runner-up is Luo Zi Lin, of China. (Mindanao Examiner)